Benchmark Results: Productivity
Our Photoshop workload consists of threaded filters, and our 3ds Max test makes excellent use of any available resources (regardless of whether they're physical cores or logical threads). Naturally, then, the Sandy Bridge-E-based Core i7-3930K excels.
Compared to Photoshop, though, 3ds Max looks like it enjoys a slight greater performance advantage from the Ivy Bridge architecture. Though the advancement isn’t large enough to make up for its lower core count, we like to see those features put to good use.
This version of WinZip is poorly threaded, but makes good use of the Core i5 in today's build (even in spite of its less impressive overclock). At the other end of the performance scale, 7-Zip fully utilizes all six of the original $2000 PC's cores, but doesn’t appear to benefit as much from the Core i5's Ivy Bridge architecture. WinRAR falls in the middle, making its performance scale more difficult to decipher.
ABBYY FineReader again hands the victory to the six-core build from earlier in the week.